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This Week Designated as Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week

WASHINGTON - As the nation marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) joined Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) in introducing a resolution designating Hispanic Heritage Month as September 15-October 15, 2012, and honoring the heritage, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans.

"Throughout the course of history, Hispanics have made rich contributions to our culture and way of life. Today, Hispanic Americans are leading the way in every area - from business and education to science, public service, and more. I am proud that Texas is home to the second-largest Hispanic population in the nation and pleased to join Sen. Menendez in supporting this legislation to pay tribute to the millions of Hispanic Americans who have lived the American dream and helped to make America the greatest nation on earth," Sen. Cornyn said.

Additionally, Sen. Cornyn joined Sen. Menendez in introducing a bipartisan resolution designating the week of September 16-22nd as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week to recognize the more than 300 non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout our nation for their work, achievements, and critical role in educating and empowering Hispanic youth.

Sen. Cornyn said: "Hispanic-Serving Institutions are responsible for providing thousands of Hispanic young people with a quality education and access to unlimited opportunities each year. Texas is home to more than 40 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and I commend the faculty and leadership at each of these HSI's for the excellent work they're doing to prepare the next generation of Hispanic leaders."

The University of Houston-Downtown has been designated an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. It is also federally recognized as a Minority-Serving Institution.